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West Mahomet
(Freighter: dp. 12,225; l. 423'9"; b. 54'0"; dph. 29'9"; dr. 24'2" (mean); s. 11.5 k.; cpl. 76; a. none)

West Mahomet, a steel-hulled, single-screw freighter built under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contract by the Skinner and Eddy Corp. of Seattle, Wash., was turned over to the Navy on 13 November 1918 for operation by the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) and commissioned the same day, Lt. Comdr. Raymond O. Demarest, USNRF, in command.

The cargo ship departed Seattle on 29 November with a cargo of 7,886 tons of flour. After proceeding via the Panama Canal, she reached New York on 28 December and sailed for the Near East on New Year's Day 1919. Upon her arrival at Constantinople on 5 February, she began discharging her cargo and then loaded 970 bales of tobacco and 1,470 tons of water ballast before getting underway for home on 5 March.

Following the discharge of her cargo at New York, West Mahomet took on board 5,513 tons of general Army cargo for transportation to Europe, got underway for Belgium on 26 April, and arrived at Antwerp on 12 May. Four days later, the ship headed back toward the United States; and she reached Newport News, Va., on 2 June 1919.

Simultaneously decommissioned, struck from the Navy list, and returned to the USSB on 3 June 1919, West Mahomet remained under government ownership into the 1930's, laid up for the latter part of that period. She was eventually abandoned, due to age and deterioration, in or near 1933.

Published: Wed Oct 28 14:33:28 EDT 2015